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Kara Gause

About Kara Gause

Kara Gause is a junkie for TV, film, pop culture, and health food--in that order. A Yankee girl happily transplanted in Nashville, she spends her days as a freelance writer juggling the needs of her twin toddlers, two Bassett hounds, and one fantastic husband--in that order. Read more of her day-to-day shenanigans on her blog,

Boys' Life magazine April 2012

Boys’ Life Lays Out the Dangers of Drug Abuse to Young Readers

Boys' Life magazine April 2012Broaching the topic of drugs with your kids is never easy, but Boys’ Life magazine opens the door for meaningful parent-child discussion about the dangers of drug abuse.

As a middle school English teacher, it never ceased to amaze me how quickly kids grow up, especially now. From sexting on smartphones in class to passing drugs in the restroom, kids seem to be growing up faster and faster.

Kids are curious. Most of the time, that curiosity leads to learning and retaining new information. But we all know it can lead our kids astray, especially when peer pressure enters the picture. The April issue of Boys’ Life magazine is meeting the controversy head-on, making it perfectly clear that the best way to avoid drug abuse is to never even get started.

The article recounts the tragic story of some Wisconsin teens. What started out as experimenting with a grandmother’s prescription painkillers ended in death for one and a five-year prison sentence for another. As parents, we know that there’s no such thing as “playing” with illegal drugs. Convincing our children of that message, however, is a daunting task at best.

But the magazine is doing some heavy lifting for readers’ parents by listing six consequences of drug use in a manner teens and preteens can understand.

1. Your grades will take a nosedive.

2. You increase your chance of being arrested.

3. You risk hurting yourself or someone else while under the influence.

4. You risk having “unplanned and unprotected sex.”

5. You risk lifelong and lasting brain damage.

6. You put yourself at a greater risk of depression and even suicide.

Is the list exhaustive? Certainly not. But overall, the message remains clear: Don’t do drugs. Not now. Not ever.

Have you talked to your kids about drugs? How did you start the conversation?

Vanity Fair Spanish edition April 2012

Ricky Martin Shares Spanish Vanity Fair Cover with Twin Sons

Vanity Fair Spanish edition April 2012

Celebrity singer Ricky Martin talks fatherhood, relationships and coming out in the April issue of Vanity Fair’s Spanish edition.

And the good looks go on to bless another generation of admirers. Ricky Martin is sharing the April cover of Spain’s Vanity Fair magazine with a couple of very handsome fellows–his twin sons, Matteo and Valentino, 3.

The Latin superstar is opening up about his sexuality, becoming a parent and raising his sons with partner of four years, Carlos Gonzalez Abella, who he says he does plan on marrying someday.

Martin also says he’s grateful to be raising his boys with Abella and regularly recognizes the woman who gave birth to the boys as “so angelic, so transparent,” and far more than merely a “surrogate”—a term he says is used by fundamentalists. “I would give my life to the woman who helped me bring my children into the world,” he explains.

The singer’s own life has taken a dramatic turn since he came out to the world in 2010 after multiple relationships with both men and women. He tells the magazine, “I have slept with women and I fell in love with them and I felt wonderful things. There was a lot of love [and] passion.”

The “Shake Your Bon-Bon” singer insists, “I don’t regret anything, any of the relationships I’ve lived, they taught me a lot both men and women equally.”

These days, Martin learns the most from Matteo and Valentino. Like most parents, he says, “Every decision I make and everything I do is based on their needs. I don’t want to sound cliché, but they teach me new things every day.”

Vogue magazine April 2012

Jennifer Lopez’s Manager Openly Discusses the Star’s Romances in April Vogue

Vogue magazine April 2012Jennifer Lopez is channeling all things hot in Vogue’s April shape issue. But it’s her manager’s words that are getting all the attention.

If this is what 42 looks like, then there’s a lot to look forward to with growing older. Jennifer Lopez looks stunning on the cover of Vogue magazine’s April shape issue. Could it be new love Casper Smart, who’s 18 years her junior, giving the “American Idol” judge her youthful glow?

Nah. Lopez comes by that naturally.

Lopez says of her new beau, “He’s adorable. But you already see that. He’s a good egg. I don’t want to talk about it too much, it’s my private thing.” She’s got plenty of reasons to want some privacy, given her recent divorce from Marc Anthony, fellow singer and the father of her twins, Max and Emme, 3. But some do question her attraction to Smart, a 24-year-old choreographer and dancer.

Among the skeptics is Lopez’s longtime manager Benny Medina, who tells Elle that the attraction to dancers is nothing new for his client (she married and quickly divorced Cris Judd, also a choreographer).

“It’s the dance choreographer’s magic hands that make her melt,” Medina says. But then he tempers his comment with, “She’s not oblivious to her own reality right now, as in, ‘Damn, I’m 42 with a 24-year-old. Why?’”

And that’s not all Medina has to say on the matter. He adds, “The thing that I always sort of wished is that she would give herself time to just naturally meet someone, instead of having obsessive guys pursue her.”

Seems he’s had a hard time navigating Lopez’s career around her careening romances that have included husbands Ojani Noa, Judd and now Anthony, as well as high profile romances with rapper Diddy and actor Ben Affleck.

Still, don’t count Smart out just yet. Says Medina of Lopez, “She never half does anything. When she commits to anything in her work, her life, or her relationships, she is in it.”

Do you think Lopez’s most recent romance will last? More importantly, should her manager be discussing her love life with the press?

Girls' Life magazine April/May 2012

Girls’ Life Offers Tribute to ‘Hunger Games’ Stars

Girls' Life magazine April/May 2012“The Hunger Games” has officially taken over, and Jennifer Lawrence isn’t the only HG star garnering media attention.

Sure, “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence (who plays heroine Katniss Everdeen in the film) has been garnering a good bit of media attention these days, but what about the supporting players–those kids who fought to the death in the film and didn’t make it home from the games?

The April/May issue of Girls’ Life magazine features four of the tributes who didn’t win the games on its cover, including fan favorite Rue, played by Amandla Stenberg, who has dealt with unexpected casting backlash since the film’s opening.

The others included on the four-cover feature include Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen), Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove) and Jacqueline Emerson (Fox Face).

Stenberg, just 13, along with Lenny Kravitz (stylist Cinna in the film), has had to weather some harsh, absolutely undue criticism since the film opened in March. Some moviegoers took to Twitter to diss the casting of the African-American actors in the film; apparently, the ranting tweeters had an issue with their race. Yes, really. Unbelievably ridiculous.

Proving herself more mature than her critics, Stenberg told Us Weekly of the backlash, “As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of The Hunger Games family … It was an amazing experience; I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and loyalty.”

It’s an unfortunate turn of events for sure, but one that could be good for parents to discuss with their children. As for Stenberg, we’re sure to see much, much more of her for years to come.

Elle magazine April 2012 cover

Jessica Simpson Reveals Bump Size with Nude Elle Cover

Elle magazine April 2012 coverWe’ve loved her since her “Chicken of the Sea” days. Now, with the upcoming birth of Simpson’s first child and a new reality show, our wait for more “Simpsonisms” is over.

Jessica Simpson has been cooking up a lot more than her billion dollar fashion empire as of late. In March, the engaged fashion mogul debuted her latest return to reality television with NBC’s “Fashion Star”–sort of the “American Idol” take on “Project Runway.”

Now, the outspoken Texas gal, who’s engaged to former NFL player Eric Johnson, is premiering something else altogether: her bare baby bump. Perhaps channeling Demi Moore’s now infamous naked Vanity Fair cover, Simpson covers the April issue of Elle magazine, baring nothing more than her own strategically placed hands.

Simpson recalls how she found out she was expecting–right before a day of partying. Thankfully, she trusted her instincts that something was very much “off.” Says the star, “We were gonna have an all-day drinking binge. Gonna ride our bikes, hang out … do naughty things. But I started feeling this overwhelming guilt. Why would I feel guilt at the idea of going out and having cocktails with my friends?”

While she admits it’s been hard to stay away from her favorite scotch while pregnant, Simpson swears her beverage of choice now is simply water. “You crave other things,” she explains. “A big thing of water sounds great!”

As for the size of her still-growing bump, the “Fashion Star” mentor swears she’s not having twins–no matter how big she appears to have grown. Reportedly posing at 170 pounds for the Elle cover, she recently told USA Today that her baby girl is “in the 90th percentile of weight right now, so she’s a big un. She’s going to be a very big baby, but I guess that’s what I get for letting a baller knock me up.”

The 31-year-old may be on to something about the baby’s size. She tells Elle that her doctor believes the baby will be in the 10 pound range, approximately the same size Johnson was at birth. Let’s all hope for Simpson’s sake that her doctor is way off.

Look for Baby Girl Simpson to make her own debut later this spring. “Fashion Star” airs Monday nights on NBC at 10/9 CT.

Will you be watching?


Rolling Stone magazine April 12, 2012

How ‘Hunger Games’ Star Jennifer Lawrence Makes a First Impression

Rolling Stone magazine April 12, 2012Her talent and beauty abound, but Jennifer Lawrence has hardly been changed by her meteoric rise to stardom.

It opened just over a week ago and has already grossed more than $250 million worldwide. So, are we all still hungry for “The Hunger Games“? I know I am. Having ventured out on opening weekend to catch a glimpse of the film’s hype, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it didn’t stray from Suzanne Collins’ best-selling book. In short, the film didn’t disappoint, nor did protagonist Katniss Everdeen, played by the talented Jennifer Lawrence.

Lawrence is hugely refreshing both as an actress a celebrity. Throughout the film, I kept thinking how strong and vibrant she looked when compared to the usually gaunt look of other onscreen ingenues. She’s all cheeks and curves! Go figure!

Aside from her huge blockbuster success, the 21-year-old Oscar nominee is also garnering some major attention for her outspoken interviews. If the April 12 issue of Rolling Stone is any indication, Lawrence makes quite an impression in person, too–let alone on the magazine’s cover set in the California desert.

Take, for example, her first meeting with “Hunger Games” co-star Woody Harrelson, who plays the washed-up drunk and former games champion Haymitch. Harrelson tells the magazine, “I was on my bus, and on my bus I have a yoga swing. Jennifer comes on, and she goes, ‘Hi, Woody. I’m J–is that a sex swing?’ Her first sentence to me.”

The candid interview features other quotable gems by Hollywood’s hottest starlet. Details range from Lawrence’s peeing prowess (“I’m the fastest pee-er ever. I’m famous for it.”) to her fascination with catheters, zombies and the apocalypse, as well as a propensity for naked greetings. Clearly, Lawrence isn’t your typical Tinseltown bombshell. She’s a sharp-tongued beauty who refuses to take herself too seriously, which only makes her more endearing to fans like me.

Have you seen “The Hunger Games” yet? What did you think of Lawrence’s Katniss?